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an hour. tonight on "world news," lifeline. the federal reserve says it will pump billions of dollars into the economy. vowing it will not stop until more people have jobs. day of fury. anti-american protests spread overseas. and we have details tonight on the man behind the film that ignited the sea of rage. exposed. millions of personal medical records you thought were private now up for sale? who is selling them? and highlight reel. from the side-splitting commercials to that theme song -- ♪ tonight, a huge milestone for a pioneering tv program. good evening. and we have big news on the american economy tonight. a new shot of adrenaline on the way, as today, ben bernanke, the
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head of the federal reserve bank, said he's prepared to do something unprecedented. and here is what it is. he is going to pump $40 billion into the markets each month to power up spending. and he says, he's not going to let up. he's going to keep it coming. and his goal? to bring unemployment down to 7.6% by the end of next year. tonight, there is a debate and reaction on all sides. wall street, though, seems excited. the dow soaring more than 200 points, to the highest close in nearly five years. so, will this new plan work? abc's bianna golodryga breaks it down for us right now. >> reporter: what the federal reserve chairman did today was unprecedented. announcing the fed would buy back some $40 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities each month. what makes today's decision so remarkable is that it's open-ended. meaning that the fed can print as much money as it wants for as long as it wants. they tried this type of program twice before, limited versions,
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with only lackluster results. but the fed says the economy needs a longer boost. >> it isn't growing fast enough to make significant progress, reducing the unemployment rate. the weak job market should concern every american. >> reporter: so, we've seen similar types of programs from the fed before. why does ben bernanke think this one will be different? >> the key aspect of the program is that it's unlimited. the fed is not going to let its foot off the gas pedal until it is confident that it sees substantial improvement in the labor market. >> reporter: think of your car. by pumping more money into the tank, the stock market and your 401(k) grow. you're worth more. interest rates will also remain near zero for at least another three years, so more americans may be inclined to buy homes. but there are warnings, too. low interest rates mean little to no growth in savings accounts. something millions of americans, especially the elderly, depend on. still, the fed says the bigger picture is this. more spending means businesses can hire more workers.
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>> but we were talking about that other concern, bianna. >> reporter: inflation. the fed saying they don't see any right now and they don't expect any inflation over the next two to three years at least. >> okay, bianna golodryga reporting in. and of course, critics did come out today and of course one of those who stepped forward was republican presidential candidate mitt romney. he sat down today with abc's george stephanopoulos, who is here with us right now. what did he say, george? >> reporter: he said the plan won't work. it's not going to stimulate the economy. but he also said that it proves what romney has been saying about the economy is right. take a look. >> well, what bernanke is doing is saying that what the president is saying is wrong. the president is saying the economy is making progress. coming back. bernanke is saying no, it's not. i got to print more money. i don't think what bernanke is doing is going to get the economy going. >> reporter: you wouldn't reappoint him if you won? >> i would like to appoint someone that i selected and i would look for someone other than the current incumbent. >> reporter: now, he did not go as far as some to say that
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bernanke was acting to help re-elect president obama. he did no go that far. >> but you also had a chance to ask him about something else, which was the way he weighed in on the volatile situation in the middle east. >> reporter: that's right. started on tuesday night. he put out a statement saying the obama administration's first response was showing sympathy for the protesters. for the attackers. came under some fire for that, including from the president. here's his response. >> what i said was exactly the same conclusion the white house reached, which was that the statement was inappropriate, that's why they backed away from it. >> reporter: they didn't say it was showing sympathy for the attackers. >> but i think it was not directly applicable and appropriate for the setting. i think it should have been taken down and apparently the white house felt the same way. >> reporter: no direct response then when the president said you shoot first and aim later? >> well, this is politics. i'm not going to worry about the campaign. >> reporter: much softer tone from mitt romney today, making it clear he doesn't want to reignite this political fight. >> great to have the first chance to talk to him about these issues today. and you can see all of george's interview with republican
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presidential candidate mitt romney tomorrow morning on "good morning america." and, now, we turn here to our coverage of the middle east, and here is what is happening tonight. the protests spread. there are now 51 u.s. consulates and embassies and they are warning u.s. citizens to be extra vigilant. our team is covering all the angles and abc's lama hasan starts us off in the streets of cairo today. >> reporter: tonight, diane, even at this late hour, the protests are not letting up. it has been a day of rage aimed squarely at the u.s. security forces defending the embassy, hitting hard, firing tear gas, forcing them away. protesters pushing forward, throwing back tear gas canisters. well, this is as close as we can get to the u.s. embassy. the egyptian army has just arrived outside the building. police won't let us go anywhere near it and even from where we are standing, you can hear the security forces firing volley after volley of tear gas. there's definitely a feeling of a crackdown about to begin. 1,300 miles away in yemen,
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demonstrators climbed over a metal fence surrounding the u.s. embassy. they poured through the compound, breaking windows. frightening scenes, but officials say the protesters did not breach more critical security inside the compound images of anger directed at america seen over and over again. iraq, iran, afghanistan and pakistan. fueling this fury? that online movie called "the innocence of muslims," which denigrates the prophet muhammad. it was produced in america. in cairo, people in the streets telling us that the american government is to blame. we asked them what they want america to do. they want an official apology from president obama. on twitter, a spat broke out between the u.s. embassy and the ruling egyptian political party the muslim brotherhood. the embassy warning the brotherhood that it was reading, in arabic, tweets sent from their account. supporting the protesters. "by the way, have you checked out your own arabic feed?
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i hope you know, we read those, too." tomorrow, the muslim brotherhood is calling for people to protest peacefully and not outside the u.s. embassy. but diane, we know the demonstrations are unpredictable. the city is on edge. >> thank you so much, lama. now, we turn to that tragedy in libya. we learned more today about those five hours under siege in the dark of night, ending in the death of u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. there have been arrests in libya tonight. and we have two reports. we'll start with abc's jeffrey kofman on the ground. jeffrey? >> reporter: good evening, diane. at least one of the militants believed to be involved in that attack that killed the u.s. ambassador and three others has been arrested. that according to libya's new prime minister, who is determined to show he's cooperating with the united states. he says more arrests will follow. meanwhile, two u.s. destroyers have been positioned off the coast of libya and an elite team of 50 u.s. marines has arrived here in tripoli to guard the
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u.s. embassy and to assess security. nonessential personnel have been evacuated to germany. the mood here on the streets, calm but tense. people here coming up to us, and saying, please tell the people in america we are so sorry. now, let's turn to my colleague, martha raddatz, with more on what we are learning about security that night. >> reporter: jeffrey, this new view of the consulate where that five-hour attack raged shows few signs of security before the attack. the small guard shack, just inside the compound, easily breached. cutting a clear path to the main building where two americans were killed. two others were killed in the house used as a safe haven, including at least one former navy s.e.a.l. >> we did evaluate the threat stream and we determined that the security at benghazi was appropriate for what we knew. >> reporter: but just the day
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before the attack, there were warning signs. al qaeda's leader urging libyans to retaliate against americans for the death of a libyan-born militant. and the state department was aware that that anti-muslim movie was airing on egyptian tv. yet, there were no warnings about it to other u.s. missions. why there weren't warnings about the movie is a big question tonight. given that whenever there's been any denigration of the prophet of muhammad, demonstrations and violence have almost always followed, diane. >> thank you so much, martha. and our thanks to jeffrey, too. more on that now, because, tonight, finally, we have some facts about the mysterious man who created that anti-muslim movie, the inflammatory movie that sparked extremist reaction around the world. that man is still in hiding, still in the shadows. so, what was his motive? we asked abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross to find out. >> reporter: police and reporters surrounded the los
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angeles home today of the twice-convicted felon who authorities tell abc news was the writer, director and financier of the controversial film. >> there was some need for our presence to be here to provide safety. >> reporter: police identified him as 55-year-old nakoula basseley nakoula, who used the assumed name sam bacile, and is a member of egyptian christian coptic church. records obtained by abc news show nakoula was convicted of manufacturing methamphetamine in the 1990s and later was sent to prison on bank fraud charges, where he told authorities he wrote the film's script. he was released from custody in june 2011 and production began just two months later at this sound stage in california. actors say they were duped, told they were in a film to be called "desert warrior." the role of muhammad was listed as george, and its anti-islamic message was not in the script. >> i just want the world to know that i did not know. >> reporter: actress cindy
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garcia says the scene in which she accuses master george of being a pedophile, was over-dubbed with the word muhammad, replacing master george. >> i never said muhammad. i never heard muhammad. >> reporter: as if to throw even more fuel on the flames, nakoula had earlier falsely told reporters he was an israeli jew and that the jews financed the film. authorities tell abc news he has now admitted it was his wife's christian relatives in egypt who paid for the movie, about $60,000, not the $5 million he claimed. >> and he's somewhere watching all of this? >> reporter: he's watching all of this in hiding, apparently afraid for his life and afraid for his family in egypt, as well. >> all right, thank you brian ross reporting in tonight. and, after a break, still ahead here on "world news," your most private and personal medical information may be on sale on the internet right now. how is this possible? an abc news investigation.
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private information. from social security number to insurance, even previous illnesses. >> they've got everything from my name, my address, everything. >> reporter: i learned all that because his medical records are for sale against his wishes on the internet. >> i thought my medical records is one of the most confidential records. i'm shocked. i'm completely shocked. >> reporter: here's what rafael and millions of others do not know. those confidential records supposedly protected by federal privacy laws just are not. an abc news investigation has found thousands of patient electronic charts for sale. what is it the public doesn't know about their supposedly private medical records? >> your private medical record may not be as private as you think. >> reporter: greg porter is a security specialist who tracks medical fraud. we asked him to show us how easy it is to buy private medical records on the dark side of the internet, with nothing more complicated than public wi-fi at a corner coffee shop. >> so we're just going to go to
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google here. we click on one of these urls and let's see what happens. so up pops some information. >> reporter: and this took two clicks. we won't show you the details, but it's all here. an online price war. each name for sale for $14 to $25 each. diabetes patients sell for a premium. how did they get there? today's medical records are largely kept on computer. often available to not just your doctor, but to every nurse, clerk and technician in the hospital. all it takes is one to sell to the black market. valuable leads for medical equipment sales people focusing on diabetic patients who need insulin pumps or prescription drug sales people targeting heart patients with long term drug needs and their doctors. plus, with all that personal information, it's also a medicare fraud gold mine. >> now, with thousands of employees who can download hundreds of thousands of patient records in an instant, fraud is going to be a growing threat.
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>> reporter: the federal government has rules against the unauthorized release of medical records but admits it's a law that's suffered nearly 500 large-scale breeches, exposing at least 21 million records, diane. >> thank you, jim. and now, we want to bring everyone up to date on a development in another story we covered here. >> reporter: yes, diane. today, bpi, the makers of what the meat industry calls lean, finely textured beef, which a former usda scientist dubbed pink slime, filed a $1.2 billion lawsuit against abc news, saying our reporting has misled the public about its product and caused it great damage. in a statement, abc news said the lawsuit is without merit and we will contest it vigorously. diane? >> thank you, jim. and now, coming up next here, big news about those large sodas and the crackdown that is coming. imagine facing y with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life with less chronic low back pain.
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for this is "sportscenter." josh elliott, abc news, new york. >> dude! >> happy milestone, guys. and we're always here at "nightline" will be here later. and we'll see you right back here again tomorrow night. good night. tonight a dangerous gas pipeline and the san francisco road block holding up the set. >> salute to a fallen patrolman. tonight you'll hear from his partner. the man who killed the killer. >> there is a follow up to the iphone 5 launch. a mad rush for phones and how at announcement caught its
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